All dogs need training, both to teach them useful behaviors and to discourage them from unwanted ones. Continue reading for some tips and tricks which will help you successfully train your dog.
The space you share with your pet should be calm and relaxed. Play time is great, but your dog needs to learn to stay calm as his master enters the room. Try to ignore your dog when your first enter the room because this will help to keep them calm and reinforce that you are in control.
Keep your dogs tied at a safe distance from each other. The dogs chains could get tangled up and cause harm to the dogs as they struggle to get free. It can even be fatal if you tie a large dog up with a small dog, and the large dog ends up getting a chain wrapped around the small dog’s neck.
Teaching a dog how to roll over isn’t too hard with a few treats in your hand. First, have the dog lay down. Hold a treat between your forefingers near the left side of your dog’s head, and then slowly pass the treat in front of his face and to the opposite side. He will naturally use his nose to follow the treat, thus rolling over his whole body. As he is rolling over say, “roll over” and praise them immediately when they do. Be persistent and do not give up; it might take a while but will be worth it once they learn it.
When you are training a pet you need to speak to them in a even and stern tone. This helps your dog to understand when you are in training mode. Good consistent tones also let your dog know when tones are sharp for discipline or for a command that is not punishment.
Start training your dog with some easy exercises. This will act as a foundation for further training as well as help you see instant success. This will give you positive results from the onset.
Continue training your dog throughout its life to make sure that its good behavior persists. Your dog doesn’t stop learning just because it’s no longer a puppy. By reinforcing their behavior, you can ensure you dog will continue to obey. Also, by disciplining negative behaviors you can ensure your dog will be well behaved.
Teach your dog not to bark with a simple command. Use negative reinforcement to stop your dog from barking when it engages in this action. Then, you are able to reward the dog. When you repeat this action multiple times, your dog will eventually learn that the order means to be quiet.
Accidents are bound to happen while housebreaking your puppy. Clean accidents as quickly as you can. The smell from the feces and urine can stay in the carpet, and cause your pet to want to relieve themselves on that spot more often. Many pet stores or big box stores sell products that help to eliminate the odors from pet accidents.
During leash training, it is necessary to ensure that the leash stays loose. When dogs go on walks, they frequently want to explore all the new sights and sounds. This means they’ll pull on the leash. Teach your dog to relax and let them get used to walking along on a slack leash.
Start your training by teaching the “down” command to your dog. This command is a basic one that can be built upon. A dog that understands the “down” command can lower to the ground immediately in a risky situation, so it’s perfect for safety reasons.
Avoid punishing your puppy when you first begin obedience training. While it’s best to prevent bad behavior to start with, if your pet is misbehaving, make sure he does it right the second time. Training is the perfect time to not only teach your pet, but to also talk with him, as this builds a very positive relationship.
Start your training sessions with a treat for each successful command. Slowly, as they get older, begin reducing the amount of treats you give them until they are only given on special occasions.
An untrained dog can be a disaster for your home. By using the advice given here, you will be able to approach training your dog with confidence.